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Festival Of Toy Music

SAT 05 OCTOBER, 2013

Presented by Brisbane Powerhouse and Clocked Out

What do 29 world-class classical, jazz, and electronic musicians do with a collection of toy musical instruments? Create world-class toy music of course!

If you’re a fan of jazz, folk, electronica and experimental music then toy music might just be your next passion. Come along to the Festival of Toy Music where talented musicians combine serious talent with whimsical and witty toy instruments to create songs and soundscapes unlike any other.

Join us for two concerts – a free jamming session late in the evening and double-bill performance featuring New York’s ‘Queen of the toy piano’ Margaret Leng Tan with Australian acts Clocked Out, Matthew Horlsey, Toy Death and Adam Simmons’ Toy Band.

Together these incredible musicians bring out the toybox to create music based on tiny pianos, melodicas, tin whistles, plastic accordions, bicycle bells, spinning tops and a collection of circuit-bent toys.

There are also workshops with professional musicians for children – they can play tin whistle games with multi-instrumentalist Matthew Horlsey or make a music box with Adam Simmons to play and keep.

Immerse yourself in toy music and join us for free demonstrations throughout the afternoon and play in the Dream Percussion installation which will take over the Turbine Platform for the festival.

Inspired by
Toy Music / John Cage / Musique Concrete / Punk Metal / Jazz
Known for
Margaret Leng Tan regularly features at international festivals, records often for adventurous labels such as Mode and New Albion and has appeared on American public television, at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. She was the first woman to earn a doctorate from New York's Juilliard / Adam Simmons has collaborated with many well-known musicians including Spiderbait, Kutcha Edwards, The Mavis’s, You Am I, and Gotye / Clocked Out are one of Australia's most innovative contemporary music and interarts projects.


Clocked Out Duo are ready and willing to expand your musical horizons.

Splendid E-zine

A kaleidoscopic exploration of timbre, texture and rhythmic interplay…Their eclectic programming is always sure to bring smiles of joy and gasps of amazement in equal measure.

Resonate Magazine

About the Show


Matthew Horsley
Clocked Out
Toy Death (SYD)
Adam Simmons Toy Band (MELB)
Margaret Leng Tan (NY)

Artistic Director Erik Griswold
Producer/Publicist James Lees

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